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David H. Bradstreet

Biographical Information

David H. Bradstreet


  • Ph.D. Astronomy & Astrophysics, University of Pennsylvania, 1983         
  • M.S. Astronomy & Astrophysics, University of Pennsylvania, 1980
  • B.S. Astronomy, Communications, & Secondary Education, Eastern College & Villanova University, 1976 

Awards and Honors

  • Asteroid 1990 DB officially renamed 5826 Bradstreet by the International Astronomical Union in October 2014.  The official citation reads: “5826 Bradstreet = 1990 DB; David Bradstreet (b. 1954), Chair of the Astronomy Department at Eastern University (St. Davids, PA), is recognized for his development of the Binary Maker Light-curve software.  He is also known for developing Spitz Full-Dome Curriculum planetarium course materials at Julia Fowler Planetarium in St. Davids.”
  • Selected as “Today’s Honoree” on website of that name:  found at http://todayshonoree.
  • Visiting Fellow at St. John’s College of the University of Durham, UK, May-June 2010
  • Julia Fowler Planetarium at Eastern University chosen by Main Line Today magazine (July 2009) as “The Best Place on Main Line Philadelphia to Ponder the Heavens.”
  • Asked to serve on the Organizing Committee of the International Astronomical Union’s Commission 42 (Close Binary Stars) for 2009-2015. [1 of 4 candidates chosen from 20 nominated who were considered as having “significantly contributed to the field of close binary stars”]
  • One of the first 13 inductees chosen for Eastern University’s Lamplight Society, “…given in honor of those whose lives and work have been beacons of exemplary Christian service, making a unique contribution to the life and mission of Eastern University and illuminating the path for those who will follow.”, 2002
  • Eastern College Observatory named the David H. Bradstreet Observatory at Eastern College by the Board of Directors in honor of fundraising and planning efforts resulting in the construction of the new campus observatory, 1996
  • Alumnus of the Year, Eastern College, 1996
  • NASA Peer Review Panel for the International Ultraviolet Satellite and
  • Extreme Ultraviolet Satellite, 1992, 1993
  • Invited speaker at NATO Advanced Studies Institute in Active Close Binaries, held in Kusadasi, Turkey, 1989
  • Lindback Award for Distinguished Teaching, 1989
  • Professor of the Year, Eastern College, 1987, 1989, 1991, 1995, 2000
  • Nominated for Friend of the Students Award, Eastern College Parents Council, 1987    
  • Zaccheus Daniels Fellowship, University of Pennsylvania, 1983
  • Ella and Jesse Pauling Fellow, University of Pennsylvania, 1983
  • Presidential Scholarship, Eastern College, 1972 ‑ 1976
  • Who's Who in American Colleges and Universities, 1976
  • Cum Laude graduate, Eastern College, 1976


  • American Astronomical Society
  • International Amateur‑Professional Photoelectric Photometry
  • International Astronomical Union – selected to be a member of the Organizing Committee of Commission 42, Close Binary Stars, 2009-2015
  • International Planetarium Society
  • Middle Atlantic Planetarium Society